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Where can I find out about benefits for seniors?

Last reviewed February 2021 by the Clicklaw Editors

NOTE: There may be additional federal and provincial benefits available for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the common question What benefits and financial help are available during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There are government benefits and services to help you when you are a senior (age 60 or older). The resources below will help you understand what is available, whether or not you qualify, how you can apply, and how to deal with a decision you don’t agree with.

Good starting points include:

  • When I'm 64: Benefits for Older Adults, from People's Law School, provides an overview of benefits available to seniors.
  • When I'm 64: Services for Older Adults, from People's Law School, provides an overview of services available to seniors in the areas of health care, housing, transportation, and recreation, and how to contact them.
  • Benefits Finder, from the federal government, is an online tool that helps you make a customized list of Canada-wide and province-specific programs and services. It includes a question if you are affected by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Seniors Benefits and Programs, from Seniors First BC, has a list of benefits available to seniors, including federal, provincial, and municipal benefits. 

Need more help?

  • Service Canada, from the federal government, can help you with information about government benefits for seniors. Call 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) or find a Service Canada Centre near you.
  • Service BC, from the provincial government, can help you with information about programs and services for seniors in BC. Call 1-800-663-7867 or find a Service BC office near you.
  • Find an Advocate, from PovNet, provides a list of community advocates who may be able to provide information or assistance regarding your rights and government benefits.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

See our related common questions:

seniors’ benefits, pensions, Old Age Security, Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), coronavirus, COVID-19, covid19